Word Wrestlers. UBC Creative Writing's Summer Camp for Kids.

  • What activities will my child be doing?
    Word Wrestlers is a place where writing is daring, exciting, and most of all, fun. We aim to give our wrestlers a balance of both the more technical “craft” elements of writing (such as plot, figurative language, beginnings and endings, character, world-building, point-of-view) and more experiential skills (e.g. observation, revision, collaboration, how to grow ideas). The camp consists of guided writing exercises, field trips to find inspiration all over the UBC campus, as well as individual writing and experimentation time. (Check out our Playbook and Atlas for more info on camp content and field trip destinations.) Also, sometimes we’ll take a break to just hang out and chat, maybe toss a frisbee around. Our aim is always to create a space that fosters the thrill of creativity. Campers will discover not only how to write, but why.

  • What kinds of learning will my child experience?
    Wrestlers will have the opportunity to learn individually, to collaborate with each other, to learn from our expert writing coaches and special guest authors, and to learn on the run. The goal is to introduce a wide range of ideas for campers to incorporate into their writing, and to teach them according to as many learning styles as we can.

  • What is a "writing workshop?"
    In a university context, a workshop is a safe place for writers to share their newest work and to receive positive and constructive feedback from their peers, lead by a professor. At Word Wrestlers, our workshops are more like in-depth skill-developing sessions directed by our coaches. There is also a strong emphasis on sharing what we’ve done along the way: hearing what our fellow wrestlers are creating teaches us just as much as our own work does.

  • What are the "special guest" talks?
    Through our roots in the UBC Creative Writing program, we’re surrounded by enthusiastic, professional authors. These special guests visit our wrestlers and conduct special writing exercises, talk about their writing processes and techniques, share personal tricks and inspirations, and answer questions about what it’s like to be a working writer.

  • When does enrollment begin?
    We will begin enrolling campers in mid-March.

  • What methods of payment do you accept?
    We accept VISA and MasterCard via our online registration portal. Please check back in the spring to register for Word Wrestlers.

  • What are the fees for the camp?
    One camp week costs $285.00 per camper. Before/after camp care is available for an extra $50.00/week (this covers 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

  • What is your cancellation/refund policy?
    If you cancel, or your child can no longer attend a camp, we will refund the cost of the camp, minus a $50 deposit, until 15 days before the first camp day. If you cancel between 8 and 14 days before the start of camp, we will refund 50% of the cost of the camp. If you cancel less than 8 days before the start of the camp, or after the camp has begun, there will be no refunds.

  • Who can I contact with further questions?
    Email us at: wordwrestlers@gmail.com.

  • Where and when do the camps take place?
    Word Wrestlers will run during two separate weeks of the summer: one camp in July and one in August. The hours of the camp are 9:00AM to 3:30PM. We are on the UBC campus in the Buchanan buildings (1866 Main Mall), but campers will spend large portions of their days outside, and will take part in on-campus field trips throughout the week. The drop-off and pick-up location will be provided by email.

  • How much outside time will my child have?
    Whenever possible Word Wrestlers will eat lunch outside, and we’ll also have regular play/unwinding time scheduled every day. There’s a large body of research showing that physical activity is beneficial for creative thought, and we always want to keep campers energized and engaged.

  • Who teaches at Word Wrestlers?
    Our coaches are all writers in the Masters of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in UBC’s Creative Writing Department. Our special guests are professors in the department or well-known local authors, and we are additionally supported by student volunteers.

  • How many students are in each group?
    There will be a maximum of thirty wrestlers per camp. But we divide into smaller groups of a maximum of five or six wrestlers, and we spend about half our time in the big group, half in our small groups.

  • What level of English language proficiency should my child have?
    Word Wrestlers should be reading and writing English at their grade level.

  • Does my child need to bring anything to camp?
    Campers should bring a lunch and snacks, weather-appropriate clothing (such as hats and sunscreen!), and something to write with and in (though we will also provide writing materials.)


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